Saturday, March 18, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nine charter school operators say they are interested in opening new schools in Mississippi. The state's Charter School Authorizer Board announced Friday that two of the proposed schools would be in the Jackson school district. Operators have also proposed charter schools for Canton, Clarksdale, Columbus, Drew, Durant, Greenwood and Magnolia.
No organization that currently runs a charter school anywhere else is applying. Mississippi's process has heavily favored experienced operators in the past. Startup groups sometimes have trouble proving they have the money and institutional heft to run a school.
All groups must submit full applications by May 9 and some are likely to drop out. The board is scheduled to vote on proposals Sept. 11.
The state board has approved four charter schools so far, all in Jackson, with three now serving 500 children. One more is scheduled to open later. Charter schools remain a tiny share of Mississippi's overall public-school enrollment of 482,000.
Applicants for Jackson are:
— New Visions Prep Academy, which proposes to open a school in Jackson serving grades K-2 in 2018, growing to grades K-12. New Visions seeks approval to run multiple campuses under a single charter.
— Success Prep Incorporated, which proposes to open a school in Jackson serving grades 3-6 in 2020, growing to grades K-12. Success Prep seeks approval to run multiple campuses under a single charter.
JPS superintendent talks about the need to consolidate schools.
Applicants for schools in the rest of the state are:
— Clarksdale Collegiate, which proposes to open a school in Clarksdale serving grades K-3 in 2018, growing to grades K-8.
— Girls Club & Learning Center, which proposes to open a school in Greenwood serving grades preK-5 in 2018.
— Inspire Charter School, a previous finalist, which proposes to open a school in Columbus serving fifth grade in 2019, and later adding sixth grade.
— Kingdom Charter School, which proposes to open a school in Magnolia serving grades 5-9 in 2017, growing to grades preK-12.
— Shades of Elegance Corp., which proposes to open a school in Drew serving grades K-6 in 2018, growing to grades K-8.
— SR1, which proposes to open a school in Canton serving kindergarten in 2018.
— Team Hoyas, which proposes to open a school in Durant serving grades 1-3 in 2018.
The Jackson Free Press added links to the above list of charter applicants of their articles of incorporation filings with the Mississippi secretary of state's office
CORRECTION: The original AP story said that Success Prep International had applied for a charter for Jackson; it is registered as Success Prep Incorporated.